1688 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02138 +1 617 547 5055
A gold-lettered, checkered awning hangs over the entrance to this brick-walled establishment, which has a copper-topped bar, mirrors and deep booths inside. The menu includes rabbit tenders, fondue, oysters and bouillabaisse. The wine selection is displayed behind the bar, where you can order appetizers and entrees for a quick bite. Liquid refreshments include frozen drinks, mudslides and pina coladas. Young professionals and locals head here after work in droves, and the high-top tables allow for good people watching.
71 Mount Auburn Street Cambridge, MA 02138 +1 617 354 5838
This local chain has some of the best wrap sandwiches in Boston. Fillings include marinated duck, cajun shrimp, paella or teriyaki chicken. Vegetarians may substitute tofu for meat or choose a vegetable-only wrap. The breakfast wraps combine eggs with cheese, potatoes or bacon. The standard smoothie blends fruit, frozen yogurt and apple cider. Throw in some Vitamin C or ginseng if you are feeling under the weather. The restaurant does not serve alcohol. Other Boston locations are at 247 Newbury Street, 82 Water Street, 137 Massachusetts Avenue and 359 Huntington Avenue.
343 Western Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139 +1 617 492 7772
If it is the reggae scene you are into, then head over to Western Front, a Central Square hangout. The club features live reggae every Friday and Saturday evening. The club's roots are in blues and jazz, and those genres are also represented with live music offered Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday night. The club, with a black-and-white theme, has a comfortable atmosphere. Jamaican food is served on Friday and Saturday. Cash only; does not accept credit cards.
50 Church Street Cambridge, MA 02138 +1 617 547 9007
Two fast-working chefs man a round griddle in the middle of this fun restaurant. You select a mixture of vegetables, meat, fish, tofu and sauce, and the chefs grill it for you on the spot. If you do not select enough food; or if you find that adding a heap of ginger was not a good idea after all; you can go back to the food bar as many times as you like. Rice, tortillas and a salad bar round out the meal. The full service bar stays open until 1am Friday and Saturday.
1236 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02138 +1 617 864 5311
This three-story Harvard Square institution is more of an entertainment megaplex than a mere Chinese restaurant. The first floor is a Chinese restaurant. The second floor is a sports bar with dartboards. The third floor functions as both a comedy club and a dance club. Comedy shows take place Thursday through Sunday. Food is available on all three floors, as are gigantic scorpion bowls and other exotic concoctions.
1 Bennett Street The Charles Hotel Cambridge, MA 02138 +1 617 395 7757(Tickets)
Located inside of the Charles Hotel, this is one of the best jazz clubs in Boston. Playing host to international, national and local musicians, you can expect good jazz whenever you go. Past performers include Branford Marsalis, Michael Brecker, McCoy Tyner and Ruth Brown. A long bar, serving great martinis, stretches along the back wall. Between the bar area and the dance floor there are plenty of tables for lounging and relaxing while enjoying the music.
11 Springfield Street Cambridge, MA 02139 +1 617 492 4495
One of Cambridge's most happening eateries, Ole is not just a place for fajitas and nachos. Enter and you will find the restaurant teeming with friendly wait-staff, office crowd and music. Apart from the usual Mexican fare, the restaurant also serves food from Mexican regions of Oaxaca and Vera Cruz; the fish tacos are surprisingly yummy. Pitchers of sangria and margaritas await thirsty bar folk, and you will find beers and wines available too.
1 Bennett Street The Charles Hotel Cambridge, MA 02138 +1 617 661 8010
Contemporary decor meets gourmet food at this Charles Hotel diner. The drinks are deliciously innovative and noir's Boudoir and other signature martinis are worth the tab. The food is done to perfection but the portions are not very pleasing. Sandwiches, salads, steaks, and an assortment of small plates do justice to the hype. For a romantic night out, noir certainly scores over most places; the chic establishment is famous for its cocktails and cozy couples.
50 Church Street Harvard Square Cambridge, MA 02138 +1 617 451 7700
An apt alternative to the rock music club Middle East Downstairs, The Sinclair is a riveting rock concert venue that comes with an American restaurant and a summer patio. Here you can either witness scintillating rock performances in a setup that is equipped with great acoustics and light technology, or savor chef Michael Schlow's culinary delights from the restaurant. The Sinclair has the capacity to host 525 spectators, making it one of the biggest rock clubs in Cambridge. Call or visit their website to know more about the venue.
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